By John Berryman

ISBN-10: 1466879610

ISBN-13: 9781466879614

A wild, masterful Pulitzer Prize'winning cycle of poems that part a century later nonetheless shocks and astounds

John Berryman was once rarely unknown while he released 77 Dream Songs, however the quantity used to be, however, a surprise and a revelation. A 'spooky' assortment within the phrases of Robert Lowell--"a maddening paintings of genius."

As Henri Cole notes in his based, perceptive creation, Berryman had came upon "a looser kind that combined low and high dictions with an odd syntax." Berryman had additionally came upon his such a lot enduring modify ego, a paranoid, passionate, depressed, under the influence of alcohol, irrepressible antihero named Henry or, occasionally, Mr. Bones: "We contact at convinced points," Berryman claimed, of Henry, "But i'm an exact human being.''

Henry will not be actual, yet he comes alive at the web page. And whereas the main recognized of the Dream Songs starts, “Life, associates, is boring,” those poems by no means are. Henry lusts: seeing a lady “Filling her compact & scrumptious physique / with chook páprika” he can slightly restrain himself: “only the actual fact of her husband & 4 folks / saved me from springing on her.” Henry despairs: “All the area like a woolen lover / as soon as did appear on Henry’s aspect. / Then got here a departure.” Henry, petrified of his personal violent urges, consoles himself: “Nobody is ever missing.”

77 Dream Songs gained the Pulitzer Prize in 1965, yet Berryman’s formal and emotional innovations—he cracks the language open, creates a brand new idiom during which to precise everlasting feelings—remain as alive and rapid this day as ever.

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A wild, masterful Pulitzer Prize'winning cycle of poems that part a century later nonetheless shocks and astounds

John Berryman was once hardly ever unknown whilst he released seventy seven Dream Songs, however the quantity was once, however, a surprise and a revelation. A 'spooky' assortment within the phrases of Robert Lowell--"a maddening paintings of genius. "

As Henri Cole notes in his based, perceptive advent, Berryman had found "a looser kind that combined low and high dictions with a wierd syntax. " Berryman had additionally stumbled on his such a lot enduring adjust ego, a paranoid, passionate, depressed, inebriated, irrepressible antihero named Henry or, occasionally, Mr. Bones: "We contact at yes points," Berryman claimed, of Henry, "But i'm a precise individual. ''

Henry is probably not genuine, yet he comes alive at the web page. And whereas the main recognized of the Dream Songs starts off, “Life, associates, is boring,” those poems by no means are. Henry lusts: seeing a girl “Filling her compact & scrumptious physique / with poultry páprika” he can slightly restrain himself: “only the very fact of her husband & 4 other folks / stored me from springing on her. ” Henry despairs: “All the realm like a woolen lover / as soon as did look on Henry’s facet. / Then got here a departure. ” Henry, frightened of his personal violent urges, consoles himself: “Nobody is ever lacking. ”

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E poi Natale... Natale! Natale per chi sogna è di domenica… le strade si inebriano di incensi… ogni mano porta in dono l’altra mano… sulla soglia della chiesa c’è la brace… sa di neve… Chi mai sogna aspetta l’inclito giorno con timore e sorride per nascondere alla gente le sopracciglia aggrovigliate dal rancore. Gli anni non passano, si accumulano! E i denti dei vecchi e dei bimbi cadono e li ritrovi al suolo come diamanti. La dentiera che mi baciava è rimasta qui dopo che te ne sei andata. A volte la guardo e ti vedo ripulirla con lo spago, con uno stecco di campo e poi soffiarla, paziente, con amore.

Oh, quante volte indietro getterò i miei occhi, che ti vedono ancora solo, vicino ai quei tizzoni ad aspettarmi. Il rosso, il nero, il filo per i denti… e il vuoto è quasi colmo all’apparenza. Stride la finestra del terrazzo e scende tra i miei piedi il vecchio gatto. Il cuore quasi mi si ferma tutto a un tratto: batte, batte, batte il vento sulla porta: è l’anima di chi non ritorna! Ha la voce rotta... Ma è l’ora, è pronta: l’ultima poesia mia con questa penna. A te solo lascio l’inchiostro per il gioco, la carta per il fuoco.

Sulle pareti bianche il sangue è in bella mostra. Zanzare grosse e grasse muovono le zampe al vento della finestra da dove arriva il sole, il sole che fiuta ogni cosa morta e la cerca bussando fin dove non vede per divorarne le carni, le carni! Domani divorerà anche queste. In ufficio ho gli occhi stropicciati sulla scrivania, la barba flagellata, gli stessi jeans e confondo le mie ascelle coi deodoranti al borotalco. Come va oggi? (Ti chiede sorridendo una sagoma offuscata dalla miopia). Bene, bene; sempre meglio!

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